99 Percent Of The Earth’s Species Are Extinct.
This is tragic, so much loss of species has
occurred through extinction that there are
many creatures lost to history that we know
However, luckily, there have been occasions
that species that were believed to be extinct
Recently a Fernandina Giant Tortoise was spotted
on the Galapagos island of Fernandina.
The first time since 1906 that the reptile
Then there’s the Wallace’s giant bee which
was spotted in Indonesia for the first time
One of my favorite creatures the Tasmanian
tiger or Thylacine was captured in a photo
by Farmer Peter Groves of Clifton Springs,
Victoria which appears to show the long-lost
Another beast of past that I like which could
also still be with us is
Let’s take a look.
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The Moa was or is an ostrich like flightless
birds native to New Zealand.
There were many species of Moa with estimates
varying from 9 to 64 different types.
Among these species, the birds varied in size
being about the same proportion as a turkey
to being larger than an ostrich.
Some example stood as tall as 10 feet in height
and weighed in at 250 kg about 550 pounds.
The name for these behemoths “Moa” comes
from a Polynesian word for fowl or bird.
This avian giant was said to be a fast runner,
which when cornered would defend itself using
I think it could be compared to the cassowary
a large, flightless bird still found in Australia
and Papua New Guinea today.
These birds have killed!
They use the 10cm dagger-like claw they have
on each foot to slice open any predator or
potential threat with a single swift brutal
Yet the Moa even with its great size and powerful
legs was still wiped out by man or so it is
Scientists say that the giant bird was eradicated
by its contact with humans and that no other
natural occurrence like volcanic eruptions,
climate changes or diseases were to blame.
The giant birds vanishing less than 200 years
after the Polynesian settlers had arrived.
Or did they?
In the 1840s, Australian bird painter John
Gould claimed that he saw a Moa.
He described seeing birds that were the same
as “giant kiwis” this occurring on the South
Island of New Zealand.
These Giant kiwis were around a meter in height
and had spurred feet.
Gould’s spurred feet description had matched
those of fossilized Moa footprints found on
the North Island.
Then In 1978, a Japanese research team investigated
the South Island to see if Moas were still
living in the area, but they didn’t find any
evidence of the animals continued survival.
An explanation for the sighting by Gould and
others over the years claims that people who
are reporting to have seen Moas were exaggerating,
or seeing large individuals of known birds,
such as cassowaries or emu.
Others still argue that some small species
of Moa continue to survive in to the present.
They point to other evidence such as Photos
of “moa” footprints found in Fiordland and
evidence elsewhere in New Zealand which they
say is proof that the extinct birds are still
roaming the countryside.
Rex Gilroy the New South Wales natural science
researcher, said he was closing in on the
colony of the presumed-extinct little scrub
moa in the Urewera Ranges.
The cryptozoologist, said he had evidence
of a small colony surviving in the area.
The researcher and his wife continue to search
for the bird, they periodically find evidence
but have yet to find definitive proof of a
living population of Moa.
Others need more evidence Hawke’s Bay cryptozoology
researcher Tony Lucas is keeping an open mind
to the idea of moa still being alive in the
region being investigated by Gilroy, but thinks
the evidence he and his wife have found more
likely points to emus.
Expeditions Mr Gilroy plans to carry out involve
him and his team visiting another eight sites
throughout the South Island, all areas that
have seen witnesses make report of moa sightings.
One sighting by some road workers tells of
how the workers were sheltering from the heavy
They were in a shed, waiting for the rain
to stop, and on the edge of the jungle were
two birds emerging from the bush, about eight
feet in height.
And they were chewing leaves off trees, the
men were sure they had witnessed living Moa.
The possibility of moas existing was also
bolstered by an Auckland Hiker who auctioned
off photos, he claimed were of a moa.
The photos, including images of footprints
and of a 1.8m-plus tall bird, were sold for
more than $350 by the hiker, who goes under
the seller name Andrewdb on Trade Me.
He described the encounter in the sales description
of the online site saying.
“I was hiking in Fiordland last Monday and
as I came up over a rise, there in front of
me was the largest bird I’ve ever seen,”
The auction started a lively debate, with
one member amusingly stating: “… all back
country Kiwis know that the moa’s alive and
well, we just didn’t want any bloody tourists
Another witness Paddy Freaney, claims to have
spotted Moa in the Craigieburn Valley in Canterbury
and his story received international attention.
He also had photographic evidence.
The sighting and out-of-focus photograph of
what the man said was a 2m running bird were
taken seriously by the Department of Conservation,
they investigated the pictures and then the
location but could not find any conclusive
proof of the bird.
However, there is still hope that we will
one day see this bird again even if it has
become totally extinct.
Much in the same way as the many stories report
on the plans of resurrecting mammoths, which
do the rounds periodically.
The same scientific efforts are being aimed
toward the Moa.
Because moas were hunted to extinction recently,
their feathers and eggs can still be found
In fact, moa DNA has already been extracted
from ancient eggshells, and projects to clone
the moa have already been attempted.
Revive and Restore the nonprofit conservation
group stated that De-extinction projects and
the probability of the Moas return increases
with every improvement in ancient DNA analysis.
This technology also holds hope for other
extinct animals including some human relatives.
Waiting in labs for advances in cloning and
incubation are the nearly complete extinct
genomes of the Moa, The zebra-like quagga,
the woolly mammoth, the passenger pigeon,
and also includes two human relatives, Neanderthals
Scientists are also close to reconstructing
the genomes of the dodo, the flightless bird
that went extinct from Mauritius in the late
1600s and they are working on bringing back
the great auk, which lived in the North Atlantic
before dying out in the mid-19th century.
Researchers in Australia unveiled the genome
of the Tasmanian tiger, the last of which
died in captivity in 1936.
It would seem that it is only a matter of
time before these creature once again get
to roam the earth and humanity repairs some
of its mistakes of the past.
What animal would you like to see brought
Do they need to clone these creatures or should
they just try harder to find them?
Are people really seeing long extinct animals?
Let me know you thoughts in the comments below